Pesach Updates/New Products
The following are different categories where the different Kashrus Organizations have different opinion as far as Pesach is concerned…
KASHERING (Plastic, Formica, Epoxied Granite)
The O/U says to ask your Rabbi if these materials can be Kashered.
The Star-K says the CANNOT be Kashered.
The cRc says they CAN be Kashered
The O/K says they can be Kashered if needed (bedieved) but lechatchila, better not to.
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL:
The O/U says that ALL O/U Extra Virgin Olive Oil is okay for Pesach use (even without special Pesach Hashgacha)
The Star-K says only with Pesach Hashgacha or certain brands under their Hashgacha even without Pesach Hashgacha: (Aldahra Morocco Factories, C.H.O., Member’s Selection, Pompeian)
The cRc agrees with the O/U
All O/U certified Virgin Coconut is acceptable
Star-K says Kirkland brand Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is acceptable
The O/U says select brands only (i.e. Kirkland, Trader Joe’s, 365 Whole Foods)
The Star-K says all white beet or cane Sugar is okay for Pesach use.
The cRc says white cane Sugar can be used on Pesach with no Pesach Hashgacha needed.
WATER, SELTZER, SPARKLING WATER:
The OU says all are acceptable
the Star-K says they can be used without citrates in the ingredients
The cRc says they need a KFP symbol on the package
RAW POULTRY AND MEAT:
The Star-K says only with KFP on the label
The O/U says it must be factory packed (not re-packed)
The cRc agrees with the O/U
RAW FROZEN FISH:
The O/U says to wash the fish before Pesach
The Star-K says it should have a KFP (and if not, wash it)
The cRc agrees with the Star-K
The cRc says all are acceptable
The O/U says all paper is acceptable
The O/U says Hershey’s is acceptable
the cRc says ALL U.S. pure Cocoa is acceptable
The Star-K agrees with the cRc. Also check machinery to be sure they are not producing any chometz on it.
SELTZER – UNFLAVORED:
The cRc says it needs a KFP on the label.
The O/U says all are acceptable
The Star-K agrees with the O/U
The Star-K says not with Ethenol/Ethyl Alcohol
The O/U says all Hand Sanitizers are acceptable
The cRc agrees with the O/U
The cRc says ONLY with a KFP on the label.
The O/U agrees with the cRc.
WATER (WITH MINERALS OR FLUORIDE ADDED):
O/U policies says it needs Hashgacha for Pesach, other than Desani and Glaceau Smart Water.
cRc says it needs Hashgacha for Pesach.
Star-K says it is acceptable for Pesach without Hashgacha
cRc says all perfumes produced in the U.S.A. are acceptable
O/U says ALL perfumes and deodorants are acceptable
Star-K says only dry powder.
cRc says they are acceptable without a KFP
O/U agrees with cRc
Star-K says they are acceptable only without alcohol
O/U says all are acceptable with no restrictions
Star-K says all are acceptable but the first and last sheets on the roll should NOT be used directly with (touching) food
cRc says they are not acceptable this year for Pesach
Rabbi Bess says Tums Asst Fruit (160 ct.) are Kitniyos, Tums Ex Asst Berries (72 Ct.) are Kitniyos, Tums Regular Strength Asst Fruit (150 Ct.) are Kitniyos and Tums Sugar-Free (80 Ct.) are Kitniyos.
Latest Pesach Alerts
From The COR of Greater Detroit: Baby/children Products Approved for Pesach from Rabbi Bess’ Booklet
The following are baby/children medicines that are commonly used and approved for Pesach use from Rabbi Bess’ Booklet…
Advil Children’s Suspension – All Flavors
Advil Infant’s Drops – Grape
Advil Junior Strength Coated Tablets
Benadryl Children’s Allergy Liquid and Dye-Free liquid (all flavors)
Enfamil D-Vi-Sol Drops, Fer-In-Sol Drops, Poly-Vi-Sol Drops, Poly-Vi-Sol Drops with Iron, Tri-Vi-Sol Drops (O/U)
Kosher Meds Children’s Ibuprofen Suspension – Berry Flavor (O/U)
Motrin Children’s Suspension – All Flavors (NOT Motrin Infant’s Drops)
Sudafed PE Children’s Nasal Decongestant – Berry
Sudafed PE Children’s Cold & cough – Grape
Tylenol children’s Cold + Cough + Runny Nose liquid
Tylenol Children’s Cold + Cough + Sore Throat liquid
Tylenol Children’s Suspension – All Flavors
Tylenol Infants’ Suspension – All Flavors
Kroger’s Passover production of orange juice, half & half and milk is now in stroes. These Kosher for Pesach items can be identified by the “AKC-P” stamped on the end of the inkjet.
Although last year, there were some Gerber Baby Foods that were Kosher for Pesach even without a KFP, this year, NONE of the Gerber Baby Foods are Kosher for Pesach.
Please note that effective Dec ember 2022, the Star-K changed the status of the entire line of Ceres Juice from Star-K Kosher for Passover certification, to Star-K for year round use only. This was due to a change in a processing aid used by the manufacturer that does NOT meet Star-K’s standards for Pesach.
Consumers who find containers of Ceres Juice on store shelves bearing a Star-KP symbol should note that while these items are no longer certified Kosher for Passover, according to Star-K standards, they are halachically Kosher for Pesach.
This year a specific run of Heinz Ketchup is being produced under the Tartikov Hashgacha. This product is Kitniyos free.
Last year, the Heinz Ketchup production, certified by the “KF” from London, did, inadvertently, contain Kitniyos. Any left over bottles from last year should only be used by those who eat Kitniyos on Pesach.
Most disposable vapes and vape cartridges contain chometz and should NOT be used on Pesach.
Both the Oil and Spray forms of Chosen Foods Avocado Oil and Kosher for Pesach.
Jason Brand Kosher for Pesach Panko Crumbs with a Best Buy Date of Dec 20 2023 has been found to be infested and should not be used. Consumers with other expiration codes should examine the container for holes or other obvious signs of infestation.
Fish: (Raw, Frozen) –
All raw fish (not coated or ground) is best purchased with a Kosher for Pesach Hechsher (due to possible kitniyos glazing etc.). However, in the absence of certified for Pesach fish that is easily available, ALL fresh or frozen fish (except for ground) are acceptable even without a special Pesach Hashgacha, after washing before Pesach. Some examples are:
365 Everyday Value Atlantic Salmon (O/U)
Blue Circle Atlantic Salmon (O/U)
Bowl & Basket Norwegian Atlantic Salmon Portions (O/U)
Changing Seas Atlantic Salmon Fillet (O/U)
Costco Tilapia (O/U)
Gourmet Delight Salmon Fillets (O/U)
Kirkland Signature Frozen Skinless Boneless Farmed Atlantic Salmon Portions skinless boneless wild sockeye Salmon Portions & Tilapia Loins (O/U)
Kirkland Frozen skin-on Boneless Wild Sockeye Salmon Portions
Member’s Mark (O/U)
Open Nature Atlantic Sockeye Salmon Fillets (O/U)
Regal Tilapia (O/U)
Wegman’s Farm Raised Atlantic Salmon (O/U)
Wellesley Farms Farm Raised Atlantic Salmon (O/U)
NOTE: Raw fish always requires either a good Kosher certification or at least to still have some scales attached to it
Verde Valle White Rice is authorized for use on Pesach ONLY for those who eat Kitniyos. This product is certified by OneKosher Internacional in Mexico.
1800 Tequila products bear an unauthorized “P” symbol on some bottles.
A limited amount of Wegman’s Salt n Pepper Pistachios has mistakenly been sold with the O/KP symbol. This product is Kosher pareve certified but NOT for Pesach.
Yarden Fava beans are certified for Pesach by Badatz Beit Yosef ONLY for people who eat Kitniyot.
The O/U no longer certifies Eska Sparkling Lemon Drink. It is NOT certified and NOT Kosher for Pesach, even when bearing an O/UP. The product is kitniyos and not Chometz. This product is being sold at Costco in Canada.
The O/U no longer certifies Eska Sparkling Lemon Drink. It is NOT certified and NOT Kosher for Pesach, even when bearing an O/UP. The product is kitniyot and not Chometz. This product is being sold at Costco in Canada.
Sun Maid Vanilla Yogurt Covered Raisins (5 oz. bags, 10X0.5 oz boxes per bag) – the inside boxes are mislabeled with the O/KP (Pesach) symbol while the outside bag correctly has the plain O/KD symbol. This product is certified Kosher dairy and NOT certified for Pesach.
Here are the steps to Kashering a Nespresso Machine for Pesach (Note: These steps are NOT intended for milk frothers or machines that use milk. It is ONLY for machines that make pure black coffee and are pareve…
- Clean the outside of the machine using a new sponge and a cleaning agent (soap, liquid detergent etc.).
- Make sure there is no pod in the machine.
- Fill the water canister
- Turn the machine on
- Use the Nespresso Descaling kit, ensuring there is no residue buildup.
- Run a cycle without a pod until the water that comes out is clear. This will clean the inside parts of the machine.
- Do not use the machine for 24 hours
- After being left out of use for a full 24 hours, fill the canister to the top again.
- Turn the machine on.
- Kasher the machine by running a cycle without a pod once again.
For those who kasher plastic: (those who do NOT kasher plastic should put away their coffee maker for Pesach)…
- Clean the coffee maker and do not use for 24 hours
- Remove the K-cup holder and perform hagalah (boiling in water) or iruy (pouring boiling water over it) on the K-cup holder.
- Run a Kosher for Pesach K-cup in the machine (this will kasher the top pin)
Tums is no longer Kosher for Pesach. An antacid with proper Pesach Hashgacha is recommended.
Lipton Decaf Tea is NOT approved for Pesach this year.
The following O/U certified frozen fish portions are acceptable for Pesach. Please note these refer to raw frozen fish portions, not smoked, spiced or seasoned…
Atlantic Salmon Blue Circle Atlantic Salmon Canadian Fishing Company Sockeye Salmon Fillet
Changing Seas Atlantic Salmon Fillet
Costco Tilapia Full Circle Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Fillets, Keta Salmon Fillets
Gourmet Delight Salmon Fillets
Kirkland Signature Skinless Boneless Farmed Atlantic Salmon Portions, Skinless Boneless Wild Sockeye Salmon Portions, Tilapia Loins
Member’s Mark All-Natural Tilapia New England Kosher Pink Salomon Portion
Open Nature Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Fillets Orca Bay Sockeye Salmon Fillets, Keta Salmon Fillets
Wegman’s Farm Raised Atlantic Salmon, Wegman’s Food You Feel Good Wild Sockeye Salmon Skin on Boneless
Wellsley Farm Farm Raised Atlantic Salmon, Skinless Boneless Farmed Atlantic Salmon Portions, Wild Sockeye Salmon